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Hot Cross Tea Bread

With Good Friday coming up next week, you might be looking for a good recipe for Hot Cross Buns. Last year I posted a delicious recipe for lightly spiced buns. There is also citrusy, spicier version here.

Today’s recipe packs all of the familiar Hot Cross Bun flavors into a tea loaf. It’s a nice change.

Hot Cross Tea Bread
Hot Cross Tea Bread


200ml milk
1 teaspoon caster sugar
7g/2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
400g/ 3 1/8 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
50g/1/4 cup light muscovado sugar
175g/3/4 cup mixed dried fruit
50g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar


1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until lukewarm.

2. Combine the caster sugar, yeast and 100g (about 3/4 cup) flour with the warm milk in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 25 minutes or until bubbles form on the surface.

3. In a large bowl, sift together the cinnamon, nutmeg, remaining flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in the muscovado sugar and dried fruit, then add the yeast mixture, cooled melted butter and egg. Bring mixture together with your hands, gently kneading for 2-3 minutes until combined.

4. Transfer dough to an electric mixer with a dough hook attached, or knead by hand on a floured work surface, for 5-6 minutes or until dough is smooth. Shape the dough into a round and place on a baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 200°C/400℉.

6. For the cross decoration, combine the 2 tablespoons of plain flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water in a bowl, mixing to form a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle (or place mixture in a resealable bag with a snipped off corner) and pipe a cross on top of the bun.

7. Place the loaf in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.

8. Meanwhile, to make a glaze, place the 2 tablespoons caster sugar in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water and simmer for 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves. Brush the glaze over the loaf, then serve warm with butter.

Recipe from Delicious Magazine
Hot Cross Tea Bread

Hot Cross Tea Bread

Australian band Fairchild have their debut EP coming out on April 25th. The song ‘Dancer’ is a synth pop cupid’s arrow right into my heart.

Check out Fairchild on the band’s Website, where you can learn of upcoming world tour dates and when the EP will be available for purchase.


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